Zab Judah (44-9, 30 KOs) will be back in action on June 7th, taking on Cletus Seldin (23-1, 19 KOs) in a junior welterweight contest at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY, per an ESPN report.
Judah, 41, has been out of action since a low-level fight against Noel Mieja Rincon in January 2018. Judah fought once a year prior, but was borderline retired ever since a wide decision loss to Paulie Malignaggi back in 2013. Judah now says he feels reinvigorated and hopes to make another world title push with a statement win over Seldin.
“I’ve been in the gym training with young guys back in New York and they say that even though I’m 41, I’m still moving great, still dropping guys, still fast, still have power,” Judah told ESPN. “I never retired. I’ve never even uttered the word retirement.”
“Cletus Seldin never fought nobody,” Judah said. “He lost to the only guy he ever faced who was the real deal situation. But Joe said, ‘What about fighting Cletus?’ He’s a New York fighter, he has a good record. But I got more knockouts than he has fights. On paper it’s a good New York fight and we’ll give ‘em a good show. I’m just gonna go out there and show that at 41 I’m still a force to reckoned with. That’s my goal, 100 percent, to go for another world title.”
Seldin, 32, has a reputation for being a pretty good puncher with a motor to match, even if he isn’t the most technically refined fighter out there. Seldin has won two straight fights by knockout since he dropped a decision to Yves Ulysses Jr at the end of 2017, and if Judah’s reflexes are still as worn as the last time we’ve seen him against anyone of note, this could prove to be a dangerous fight for him.